Pickup trucks are more common in the US than in any other country. Perhaps people here just have a lot of stuff to transport. Millions of people own pickup trucks across the globe. Some manufacturers have engineered some petty decent and superb pickup trucks that can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under 7 seconds. Other manufacturers have produced some pretty subpar trucks, and you would be surprised to know that some big named companies have produced pickup trucks that are too slow for our time. Despite some of them having slow speeds, a lot of people still cough up the cash to purchase them because they may have loyalty to a particular brand.
While a vehicle’s speed is based on its ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles, acceleration rates should not always be a priority. To determine if a pickup van is good, you also need to consider other specifications such as how sturdy it is off-road, bed space, towing capacity and even cabin design. While all these specifications may be good, the last thing you need is a pickup that is noticeably and embarrassingly slow. Below, you can read about the fastest and slowest pickup trucks of our time. This should may your purchasing decision a bit easier.
20 Fastest: Chevrolet Silverado SS (0-60 In 6.3 Seconds)
The Silverado is one of the fastest vehicles made by Chevrolet. It seems as if they drew some inspiration for the vehicle from Nascar. If you don’t believe the truck is fast, you can take it for a test drive yourself.
It can cover a quarter mile in 14.8 seconds.
It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds. The Silverado’s engine generates 345 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Despite being a strong truck with a tow capacity of 8,000 pounds plus, depending on the model that you acquire. The cabin also boasts a lot of space.
19 Fastest: Toyota Tacoma X-Runner (0-60 In 6 Seconds)
The Tacoma is one of Toyota’s more popular Toyota trucks available in several trims and variants. However, their 2004-’13 X-Runner was one of the fastest ever produced. It is estimated that the runner can clock 0 to 60 seconds in six seconds flat, but the standard model will probably get there in a second less. This speed can be credited to its 236 horsepower, 4.0-liter V6 engine. If you want to get yourself a pick up that is fast, you might as well do it quickly because this will be the truck’s last year of production. It however, only has a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds.
18 Fastest: Ford F-150 Tremor/3.5 Eco Boost (0-60 In 5.8 Seconds)
Ford gained a reputation in the US for their trucks. The F-150 has been synonymous with off-roading, so it may be a bit surprising that the Tremor/Eco Boost models are fast. The Tremor can go from running idle to 60 miles per hour in as little as 5.8 seconds.
This is thanks to its 365 horsepower, 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine.
The Eco Boost has a similar engine under its hood, but it gets to 60 miles per hour from 0 in 5.6 seconds. The Eco Boost also boast an aluminum exterior, so this probably worked in its favour for speed.
17 Fastest: 2015 Chevrolet 1500 High Country (0-60 In 5.7 Seconds)
Like Ford, Chevrolet is also known for its trucks. When you think about High Country, you may think about a luxury pickup, with a bit of class. The High Country, is the third-generation of the Silverado pickup, intended to be high-end. The High Country has one of the most elegant, yet luxurious interiors that you will find in a pickup. Despite being a luxury, it can go off road, and tow a 12,000-pound utility vehicle. It goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a little as 5.7 seconds, which is not too bad for a luxury pickup truck.
16 Fastest: Dodge Ram SRT10 (0-60 In 4.9 Seconds)
The Ram SRT10 was developed by mad scientists, engineers of the Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler, who outfitted the truck with a 500 horsepower, V10 engine with 525 pound-feet of torque.
This is the same engine they use for their Viper.
The SRT10 was meant to compete with the Ford Lightning and Dodge seemed to go all out with this vehicle that could run from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. Dodge was proud to hold the record that few were able to rival in successive years. This should not have come as a surprise because SRT is the acronym for Street Racing and Technology.
15 Fastest: Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged (0-60 In 4.4 Seconds)
The Toyota Tundra is believed to be the world’s fastest pickup, though no one has openly rebuffed Toyota’s claim that the truck can go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. It should be no surprise because the TRD is an acronym for Toyota Racing Development. The engineers would have put a bit their heart into this pickup. The rate of acceleration means that the Tundra can be put into races with supercars like the Ferrari, Aston Martin and many other supercars. It gets that acceleration rate thanks to its 5.7-liter engine that has 504 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.
14 Fastest: Holden Maloo VXR (0-60 In 4.8 Seconds)
A rare and unique vehicle to join our list is the Holden Maloo VXR. You may have never heard of this pick up, but it has a pretty funky design to it. It was the creation of an Australian company Holden and has been in production since 1990. Holden copied Maloo from the Aboriginal language, interpreted as thunder. Despite the unique look of the truck, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 4.8 seconds. Not much is known about the Maloo, and it isn’t really popular in the Western side of the world, especially since it is a far cry from how you’d expect your everyday pickup to look.
13 Fastest: Ford F-150 Lightning (0-60 In 5.2 Seconds)
Imagine Dodge decided to build a truck to compete with Ford. They were already going head to head in the muscle car market. They might as well go head to head in the pickup truck market.
The Lightning really overshadows other models of the F-150 with its 5.2 seconds acceleration time from 0 to 60 miles per hour.
The 2007 version of this vehicle with hits 147 mph was listed in the Guinness World Records for being the “World’s Fastest Production Pickup Truck”. It is no surprise that Dodge wanted to take this title away from Ford, as the competition between the two had always been fierce.
12 Fastest: Nissan Titan (0-60 In 5.9 Seconds)
You may have thought that Nissan would not make the list, but Nissan is basically in most listings as one of the Top Automobile manufacturers in the world. The Titan, like its namesake is a formidable vehicle. Under its hood it has a V8 powertrain and its cabin boasts a luxury interior. The bed is spacious and there is a lot of room for cargo and maybe even a mattress for star-gazing. In any case, the Titan gets from 0 to 60 miles per hour within 5.9 seconds.
11 Fastest: GMC Canyon (0-60 In 6.3 Seconds)
The GMC Canyon was launched in 2014, and an upgrade of the Colorado. It offers some options that can make it have a high MSRP. The truck has a 308 hp engine that allows it to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds. This acceleration rate isn’t too bad, making the truck one of the fastest modern pickups. If you are just interested in the truck for its luxury, it features aero-grille shutters, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi onboard, lane departure warning and forward collision warning. If you have a teenager, a Teen Driver feature is also available for an extra cost. It is a good investment as you can limit their top speed and audio volume to keep them safe.
10 Slowest: Brabus Unimog U500 (0-60 In 22 Seconds)
Mercedes Benz creates a lot of interesting things. A lot of vehicles that we would wish that we could afford to drive, but unfortunately the Unimog is not one of those vehicles.
The Unimog gets to 60 miles per hour in 22 seconds, which is more than one third of a minute.
This is a bit understandable because it has a maximum speed of 56 miles per hour, meaning the 60 MPH time is merely theoretical. The pickup was intended for use by dessert dwellers and is a luxury pickup. Maybe for the common folk, spending £121,950 on a truck that gets nowhere quickly would be a waste.
9 Slowest: Mitsubishi L200 (0-60 In 14.2 Seconds)
Mitsubishi is known for having some serious rally cars, so it is a surprise that their pickup gets to 60 miles per hour in 14.2 seconds which is pretty slow and not to mention very boring. The truck looks like it can be a speed monster just by bearing the Mitsubishi badge. There is no excuse for this slow pickup, and Mitsubishi definitely was not focused on luxury as its interior was sparse. However, they redeemed themselves a bit with the truck by including a large bed. The 4-cylinder diesel engine significantly struggles to pull the can forward fast enough.
8 Slowest: Ford Ranger Double Cab (0-60 In 12.3 Seconds)
The design of the New Ford Ranger, in a way took the world by storm with its menacing design and it seemed a lot larger than previous models. The problem with this truck is that it is too big to be a car. Ford may have gotten a big lazy here by using the Mondeo’s engine on the truck. As you can see, the truck is huge, and it would have a heavy chassis. The transplanting of the engine without any upgrades may be the reason why the truck gets to 60 miles per hour from 0 in 12.3 seconds. Ford has cleverly hidden its acceleration issues by marketing its cabin and off-road capabilities.
7 Slowest: Volkswagen Amarok (0-60 In 11.1 Seconds)
There are some things Volkswagen is good at such as designing cars and SUVs, but pickups are not one of their strongest offerings. The Amarok looks more like an SUV than it does a pickup. This isn’t a bad thing, but it significantly highlights Volkswagen’s weakness in designing a decent looking pickup.
While it is okay to look at, its speed needs some improvement.
The 5-seater pick up gets to 60 miles per hour in 11.1 seconds. This is a bit much. It clearly emphasizes Volkswagen’s commitment to producing family-friendly vehicles and comfort rides. This truck has pretty cool dashboard buttons.
6 Slowest: Dodge Ram 3500 HD Laramie Longhorn (0-60 In 9.5 Seconds)
This truck is huge and there is a reason why it was nicknamed as the Mega Cab. Maybe the reason the Dodge truck makes the list is because its size is holding it back and preventing it from performing. To get this truck, you will need at least $40,000 and a large driveway to accommodate the truck and its bed that looks as if it was added as an afterthought to the truck. This truck gets you from 0 to 60 seconds in 9.5 seconds. There is so much that you can transport in the Ram, but it is probably not going to be your first-choice vehicle, because it is too big and awkward looking.
5 Slowest: Toyota Hilux (0-60 In 9.5 Seconds)
The Toyota Hilux is one of the better-known pickups that they produce and has been in production since 1968. Despite its long run, Toyota over the years, has failed to improve the truck’s acceleration speed past 9.5 seconds. Usually, a brand would improve with each successive model, but Toyota has only focused on facelifts and other aesthetics. The vehicle’s comfort, technology and cabin design has significantly been improved since the start of its production. The 2016 model is outfitted with a 2.7 L four-cylinder engine. They have sold over 16 million of these pickups, so it is unlikely that they will tweak the engine.
4 Slowest: Lincoln Mark LT (0-60 In 9.5 Seconds)
It probably came as a surprise to you that Lincoln manufactures pickup trucks. But its Mark LT is stylish and shares a lot with the Ford F-150 that it is based on. What it does not share with the F-150 is its speed. With this truck you can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 9.5 seconds, still under 10 seconds.
Hidden under the hood is Ford’s V8 engine.
But, even if we knew Lincoln had pickup trucks, we wouldn’t really expect it to be one of the fastest on the market. The truck has an impressive 67-inch bed and an aesthetic body work that may have slowed down the vehicle.
3 Slowest: Chevrolet Colorado (0-60 In 9.3 Seconds)
It may be surprising to see the Colorado on this list, considering that Chevy and GM have some of the fastest pickup trucks. It seems as if speed is not always a best seller for a vehicle. The most surprising thing about the Colorado being on the list is that it is one of their newest models. The 2018 Colorado gets to 60 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds. It seems as if Chevrolet put a lot more thought into naming the colors of the truck than they did into designing its engine. The slow pace will not bother drivers with kids, but it takes the fun out of driving.
2 Slowest: Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab Eco Diesel (0-60 In 8.8 Seconds)
It really seems as Dodge and Ford are in some sort of competition to see who can make the slowest pickup truck. This truck barely makes it to 60 miles per hour in under 9 seconds and does so at 8.8 seconds. Maybe the crew cab was responsible for slowing down the vehicle as passengers would add weight. The company also shifted its focus a bit from speed to luxury and selling additional accessories. Whatever their focus point, it is evident that the emphasis was on comfort and not on speed. Regardless, this truck can tow up to 10,000 pounds comfortably, so it still has some usefulness.
1 Slowest: Ford F-450 (0-60 In 8.3 Seconds)
The Ford F-450 can get to 60 miles per hour in 8.3 seconds. While it isn’t too fast, it also isn’t that slow, as there are trucks on this list that accelerate a lot slower. But 8.3 is terrible when there are trucks that accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds. Despite its disappointing acceleration rate, it can be used to two 21,000 pounds. Why would you want to go really fast when transporting all that weight? Driving fast on a super duty pickup that has 6 wheels would also be a bit awkward, and this will cost you $75,000.
Sources: Cheatsheet.com, TruckTrend.com, MotorTrend.com